Tuesday, April 26, 2011
This is where I live.
Well, I actually live in a house, but this is the view from the window of the room where I write. And I'm sure it goes without saying that sometimes I spend more time gazing out the window than I do writing. It's pretty hard not to. I took this photo last October. I was going to take a new one today to post, but ever since I got home, we've been having one of those thunderstorms that rumble in the distance for a hour, crash down all around you for twenty minutes, and then rumble off in the other direction for another hour, and by then, another storm is coming up out of the west so you can't tell where one ends and the next begins. If I'd taken a photo, my view would have been fog outside rain-drenched glass. Right now there's some spectacular lightning going on right over the summit of the mountain, which is Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont. This is going to be a short post because I probably should unplug my computer.
What's next for me in my first novel, called Notice. I don't have a release date yet -- it was accepted so recently that I'm still doing my happy dance whenever I think about it. Soon enough, I'll be feeling a different kind of happy, the kind that comes in the middle of edits, when you have to focus on the "how good it's going to feel when this thing is finally released" feeling. I'm enjoying this happy while I can.
Notice is about dragon shifters, and it's in the same world as my story, "The Dragon and his Knight," which was published in the Mine Anthology. The characters are different, but the premise is the same -- the ancient dragons learned how to turn into humans to avoid getting killed off by knights, but there are some modern day knights who know the truth and have vowed to kill all the dragons they can find. The knights still follow their honor code, though -- it's bad form to just attack a dragon; you must give it "notice" first. My main character is given a notice at the worst imaginable time. Stay tuned for more details as the publication process goes forward.
I'm going to be safe and turn off my computer now.